USCCB Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

President Biden and Progressive Catholic Fantasyland

Catholic progressives were not so craven in the face of legal segregation during the classic period of the civil rights movement; they were, in fact, bold and brave. So why the surrender to the Zeitgeist now?

Archbishop José Gomez: A Profile in Episcopal Courage

The statement on Inauguration Day by the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was a pastor’s invitation to President Biden to open his soul to the fullness of Catholic truth.

In Search of a Silver Bullet

Catholic bishops are charged with forming the consciences of the faithful so they can carry out their responsibilities as citizens in service to justice and the common good. This requires an understanding of what the Church teaches, but it also requires both bishops and the faithful to understand the complex circumstances in which citizens must exercise their moral judgment.

What to Watch for in the New Year

The beginning of a new year is usually a time for hope, a chance to make a fresh start. Given all the Church has been through in the past year, the usual optimism that comes with a new year –and a new decade – seems a bit diminished.

The Bishops Stand – in Their Own Way – with Peter

Collegiality and synodality cannot be of service to the Church if they are simply window dressing for the ecclesial groupthink which too often insists: “Do what we mean, not what we say.”

Fearlessness and the American Bishops in Rome

For all its faults—and they are many—the Catholic Church in the United States lives the New Evangelization better than any other local Church in the developed world.

What the Bishops Also Must Do

The bishops’ mission is to teach, sanctify, and govern precisely so those they serve can fulfill the mission to the rest of us, who are called by baptism to proclaim the Gospel.

Some Action – Maybe – Starts Today

Whatever the fruits of today’s meeting between the USCCB delegation and Pope Francis, it’s essential to understand that the reforms the Church in the United States needs will come with and through the pope and his brother bishops – with and through Peter and his fellow apostles – or it will not come.